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There is a move in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to delink the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Aero India and bring it under civilian control, besides shifting the biennial flagship air show outside Bangalore so that the schedule of normal commercial flights are not disturbed.
This could be the sight in Mysore skies two years later. dh file photoWhile MoD bureaurcrats discussed the matter informally in the course of the five-day Aero India 2011 held at the IAF’s Yelahanka airbase, defence sources familiar with the nascent proposal said some officials were of the opinion that the IAF’s control over the show be eased gradually. This would entail greater civilian control over the show in the future.
Some defence officers see in such a move the first step in keeping the IAF out of the scene, which could happen the next time Aero India is hosted, an MoD source in Delhi told Deccan Herald over the phone.
The Defence Exhibitions Organisation, under the Department of Defence Production, which has been incharge of organising the event, is said to have taken the matter seriously and had “put some thought” behind it even before this year’s event, which was tainted by allegations that Wing Commander A K Thakur, against whom the IAF has initiated a Court of Inquiry (CoI) here, had taken bribes to allot favourable positions for foreign firms at the display area.
Unlike the previous editions, civil aircraft occupied chunk of the place at Aero India 2011, with only 47 per cent of the aircraft that were displayed event being military.
And this, Defence Exhibition Organisation Joint Director Wing Commander M D Singh had said at that time, was a welcome sign. “It has been a conscious effort by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to change the image of the show. Therefore, we have even changed the theme from ‘Aerospace & Defence Show’, to ‘Civil, Aerospace and Defence Show’,” he had said, hinting that the future of the show will depend of the civil aircraft business, which is booming.
Also, with the multi-billion dollar medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), more or less through, the IAF, sources said, might not have anything to take away from the show and that, thereby, it is ideal it has nothing to do with the show.
Keeping in mind the disturbances caused to commercial flights during the last edition concluded February 13, 2010, (with the Bangalore International Airport now operational) and there being no military (IAF also) presence in Mysore, the ninth edition of the show, sources said, might be held there.
Although they stated that the matter of deciding on where to host the next show has not even reached the drawing boards in MoD, they said that Mysore’s name has come up in discussions more than once.
sum wrote:Move afoot to delink IAF from Aero India
rad wrote:I saw a dummy of an airlaunched glide bomb in aero india and the company which was promoting it was called basant industries , I was more than happy to see it , but unfortunately there does not seem to be any pic or discussion about it . Could anybody post a pic and give a write up on it if they have further info. It looked more like a chinese ws-6 glide bomb and looked sleek and well made and had anhederal wings.
Marten wrote:Kakarat, your pics and albums are a wonderful resource. Thank you for so meticulously following every pavilion for the benefit of all of us.
aniket wrote:Where exactly was the Rafale at Aero India 2011 ? I don't seem to recall.All this controversy around its vantage position. Where was it ?
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